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How to Deal With Bad Apartment Flooring: 6 Ideas for Renters

Do your apartment floors feel out-of-date?

One of the drawbacks of renting a place is having no choice but to live with terrible flooring. No matter how beautiful the other features of your rental space may be, a worn-down hardwood floor or a crummy tile floor can still ultimately ruin its appearance.

When an area rug can’t solve the problem, you can talk to your landlord about getting a new floor (having this conversation beforehand is a must as you could risk eviction if you act first). Most apartments have rules and regulations that restrict any work without permission. However, fear not; as long as you get an “OK” signal from your landlord, you can proceed to revamp your bleak floors.

Here are some creative ideas shared by a decorative flooring service provider that will undoubtedly change the look and feel of your apartment.

1. Polished concrete
More and more people are taking advantage of the benefits of concrete floors for everyday living. Whether polished or finished with a sealant, concrete floors are perfect in contemporary spaces and add a bit of an edge in traditional areas.

Depending on the concrete treatment, you may also save more money compared to when you choose other flooring options. Polished concrete boasts of visual elegance, durability, and low-maintenance qualities. If you need long-term functionality, concrete floors will give you that peace of mind.

2. Removable vinyl tiles
These days, you have a lot of options for designs when it comes to vinyl tiles. Similar to a temporary wallpaper, vinyl tiles can be easily peeled and applied on top of an existing tile, then you can just pull them off when you move. Another great thing about vinyl tiles is that they’re easy on the budget.

If you want your apartment floors to look modern, choose pre-cut squares with simple colors. Do keep in mind that although a stick-on vinyl won’t harm the floors underneath, it’s worth testing it over other adhesive tiles first before installation.

3. Faux hardwood
Want the look of hardwood floors without spending a fortune? You could opt for laminate boards which are incredibly easy to install and gives you a pretty realistic “wood” look. You can find this in different finishes from any big hardware store near you.

Laminate flooring looks authentic and is quite durable. There’s no need for nails or adhesives; just look for a click-and-lock type. If you want extra soundproofing, simply add a foam underlayment sheet beneath the laminate.

4. Carpet tiles
If your apartment is screaming for a wall-to-wall carpet, but you’re still not up to the commitment, you may want to consider carpet tiles instead. These are typically used in industrial buildings because they’re easy to install and clean. What’s more, you can replace them one section at a time in case of stains. They come in various colors and patterns that will make your apartment a fun place to hang out in.

As with regular tiles, check first to ensure that the adhesive is low-level sticky before application. Doing so allows you to remove it quickly once you decide to move out of your apartment.

5. Cork
Cork flooring provides excellent insulation. It’s soft and warm, and it absorbs sounds, which makes your apartment much cozier. Since it’s a natural material, you’re also doing the environment a hug favor.

Because of its softness and warmth, cork flooring would be best featured in bedrooms. It’s also safe to use as it has antimicrobial properties and is resistant to mold.

6. A good coat of paint
For a low-lift fix for existing wood floors in need of a makeover, splurging on a can of paint is a worthy investment. Since it won’t be something removable, do remember to check with your landlord before painting. Getting permission first will save you from a great deal of headaches caused by sanding the paint off.

Are you planning to stay in your apartment long-term?
Finally, your answer to this question will dictate how much you’ll be willing to invest in revamping bad floors. If you plan to stay for a long while, it may be best to go for something more lasting, provided that you already have your landlord’s permission. Usually, a landlord will not have a problem with you improving your space, as long as it’s of better quality than what was originally put in.

Author Bio
Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.

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